U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she values innovative approaches to energy generation and renewable energy [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 2]. I agree. For a stronger economy and more jobs, that is exactly what we need.
The problem is: Oil, coal and gas fossil-fuel corporations control 82 percent of the market (in 2011) and they keep reinvesting their profits in more of the same. Government has favored fossil fuels for years, providing military protection for foreign shipments, cleaning up pollution and buying massive quantities. Fossil-fuel corporations owe us.
Government should level the playing field so renewables could compete. Solar and wind have already shown that they can produce power more cheaply in many places and that they generate many more jobs than fossil fuels. With car batteries for storage, the expansion of American renewables could provide for our needs, increase exports and boost the gross domestic product.
Congress should gradually raise the cost of fossil fuels and put a tariff on imports from countries that do not do the same. Freedom in the energy market does not mean giving a pass to polluting utilities. It means providing a regulatory environment that encourages the growth of better products.
Louise Stonington, Seattle